Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Analysis: Tillery had 17 tackles and 2 sacks in 15 games played. That is not first-round worthy production.
Pick: S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Analysis: Adderly got hurt in week 4 and missed the rest of the season. He did manage to make a tackle before his rookie season ended.
Pick: OT Trey Pipkins, Sioux Falls
Analysis: This small school project actually started 3 games for the Chargers and was active for 13.
Pick: LB Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Analysis: Tranquill was the Chargers’ most productive rookie in 2019. He had 75 tackles in 15 games.
Pick: QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State
Analysis: Easton didn’t play as a rookie but at least he stuck around on the Chargers’ roster.
Pick: LB Emeke Egbule, Houston
Analysis: E Squared had 4 tackles but was active for 15 games. Those 15 active games are worth a little something.
Pick: DT Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati
Analysis: Broughton had 5 tackles before getting hurt and missing the remainder of the season.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 6.75/15 45%
The LA Chargers were not a very good team last season, and this was not a very good Draft class, at least as far as first-round production goes. Their first choice DT Jerry Tillery was disappointing. He only mustered 2 sacks even though he was active for 15 games. They had to be hoping he’d make more of an impact. In what seems to be the usual for the Chargers, their second-round choice Nasir Adderleywas hurt early and missed the majority of his rookie season. They did get a little production out of some mid-round picks. OT Trey Pipkins gave them three starts which was surprising since many had him pegged as a project coming from a small program like Sioux Falls. Linebacker Drue Tranquill was chosen in Round 4 and he was their best pick with 75 tackles on the season. This grade will go up in time if Tillery starts playing like a first-round pick and Adderley comes back healthy and starts producing.Until then it will be looked at as one of the grossest classes that came out of the 2019 NFL Draft.